The grand prize of the day a stuffed mechanical-singing Monkey holding a red rose was won by Rosemarie Johnson.
After dining the Meeting was called to order. Old business was restricted to Membership dues, Member participation in activities and open Chapter Offices. Bob announced that unfortunately he cannot fill all Office positions and ask for help. If we cannot fill these offices no further Events will be scheduled for 2013. Currently we have 6 paid memberships (= 12 members) and we should have 13 or 14 (24 members). We do have a President for 2013, Mr. Larry Bryanton who is also our Treasurer. Larry has held the Treasurer's Office since our club was Chartered, July 27th, 1999. The question was ask, do we have a candidate for Vice President ?
Tom Spargo offered his service if approved. Immediately
15 hands were raised and Tom was elected. "Thanks Tom". Do we have an "EVENT'S PLANNER" out there ? Without hesitation, Bernie ask to be nominated. Again, 15 hands shot into the air and she was accepted. Bernie has held this office before and knows it requires a lot of work so we ALL have to help her.
Coming to the EVENTS and helping her set up is essential. She may also ask your help in shopping for picnic items---thats the fun part. The Membership Chairperson Office came up next. Not a lot of fun asking for club dues but sombody has to do it to be fair to those that submit their dues annually. Trish Edwards volunteered to be nominated and was immediately accepted. We know Trish will be pestering you at least three times via E-Mail, after that she will consider you are no longer interested in being a member and those will be dropped as an active member and purged from the activities announcement e-mail list. We value each member but only if they value the Chapter by paying dues and attending Chapter functions. Meetings and picnics are more fun when more are in attendance. Bob Edwards volunteered to continue as Assistant Treasurer and Website Administrator. Bob would like to train someone to take over the Website, it's fun and challenging. Ask Bob if your interested.
After elections all engaged in wishing each a "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY". Trish and Shirley presented each wife and/or girlfriend with an American Beauty rose and a hug and kiss to the husbands. Yes, we even found a rose for our waitress Brook who diligently and efficiently served our every request.
to those that attended and we hope to see you at our next Chapter Meeting at the annual picnic, Anastasia State Park late April or early May. Be sure to check your Chapter's Website for date and time. A few pictures of members who attended:
Debbie, Bob, Trish offers a toast and Shirley. Our Party and guests. Roy given a standing ovation.
"Brook" taking Tom & Rosemarie's order. Roses for the Ladies Tom Spargo. In back ground, Bernie & Nick with Bernies Father, Mr. Jerry Townsend.
Members enjoying conversation
Bob capturing party by Ben Rew Mary and Richard James, Ohio Members.
Ben Rew furnished many photo's for this event using his new expensive I-Pad. He and Debbie gave it a real workout. Thanks Guys.
That's all for now. See you and more members at our Anastasia State Park Annual Picnic. Be sure to check the "NEWS" page for Date and Time. Late April or early May.
18 Members attended our 5th Christmas Dinner Meeting at O'Charley's fine food restaurant at Regency. Managers David and Jackie set cones in the parking lot anticipating the arrival of our Studebaker and Avanti auto's. Unfortunately only 3 members arrived in their (milestone)classic cars. Rain showers were forecast and may have contributed to the low turnout.
Once inside, we found a table setting for all with Steve,
our favorite waiter ready to serve Christmas cheer (drinks) and dinner. We found out later that this will be Steve's last year at O'Charley's. He is moving up and on to a consulting position.
Opening the Meeting, President Joel Daniel called upon Larry Bryanton to offer the Invocation. Afterwards, a brief moment was taken to recognize those volunteers who helped to make the first ever
Florida State & Southeast Zone Meet, October, 2012 a success.
We have received many complimentary e-mails on a Meet well organized and executed from both Studebaker International Officer Mr. Edward Burris and Studebaker Chapter Presidents who attended.
The Hospitality Room was superbly staffed
by members Shirley Hastings, Karel Daniel, Carol Lawson, Sue Raber and Trish Edwards. Veggie plates, Meat Balls in Hawaiian sauce and many choices of desserts were provided. Certainly, no one went hungry.
. Our neighboring Chapter of Georgia also brought desserts---none were left to be taken back.
Registration opened Friday afternoon and again Saturday morning until 11am.
Tom Spargo and Bob Edwards recorded 81 registrants, 41 Cars and Pickups for Judging and 18 Cars and Pickups for display. (Pictured is Edward Burris with canine companion.) Compliments were received for the organization and efficiency at Registration by Steven Cade and Frank Ambrogio who have organized and hosted many Studebaker State Meets. Coming from these two experts this was appreciated.
Judging of 41 beautiful Studebaker cars, Pickups and Avanti's by members Ken Lawson and Herb Hilderbrand received complimentary comments from many of the car owners as well. All seemed pleased with their individual inspection scores.
The Awards Banquet Master of Ceremonies member Greg Esser
a first year member, did an outstanding job.
Announcing previously unknown guest speakers and identifying visiting Officers from Studebaker International, for recognition, was a real challenge. This was especially hard without a public address system and an over crowded room. Overflow of nearly 30 guests had to be reached in an outside dining area. Somehow our unexpected dinner guest list rose to 120 from an expected 110. Our compliments go to Greg for taking on this task and doing an outstanding job.Next on our Christmas Dinner Meeting agenda was recognizing new members Mr. Howard "Gib" and Mrs. Melanie Gibson.
. "Gib" and Melanie arrived in their 1950 Champion Starlite Coupe.
They drove all the way from Middleburg for this Event. This is the first time we have met Gib and Melanie and seen their '50 Champion Starlite Coupe. We look forward to their attending our picnic meetings in 2013.
Next on the agenda was the election of Chapter Officers to lead us through 2013. With exception of Treasurer (this office has been held by Larry Bryanton since '99) all offices need to be filled. Volunteers for Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, Events Planner and Membership Chairperson were solicited with no one offering to fill a position.
Larry Bryanton, Treasurer since the Chapters beginning, offered to continue as Treasurer and take on another office to help the club. Outstanding, here is a member who owns and operates his own business and yet finds time to volunteer to serve
offices in our Chapter.
A question was ask by Tom Spargo (first year member) as to what are the responsibilities of each office, a fair question. By Valentine's Day, February, 14th, 2013 a brief description of office requirements will be generated and distributed via e-mail.
We will enter 2013 with no offices being filled with the exception of Treasurer. No one individual can or should manage a Chapter by him or her self. Without committee leadership this Chapter will cease to exist. If you want a Chapter, consider holding office.
We are currently in very good financial standing, thanks to the leadership of our 2012 Officer's and those members that helped in making the State/Zone Meet a success. Our current Officers have not indicated a desire to be retained in office. They worked too hard with the State/Zone Meet and apparently need a rest.
Should we allow this Chapter to dissolve all funds will be donated to the Studebaker National Museum.
Again, your Chapter needs your help. If interested, please contact me via e-mail or call 904-724-0457.
AND A "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THOSE THAT ATTENDED"
Meet members Richard & Mary James Bob & Francis Browatzki Janelle Hinton Larry Bryanton.
Shirley & Roy Hastings Carol & Ken Lawson Tom & Brenda Spargo Karel & Joel Daniel
New Members: Howard "GIG" & Melaine Gibson Trish & Bob Edwards
That's about it folks. All wished each other a "Happy & Merry Christmas"
and headed for the parking lot and home.
WE ATE "CHICKEN" at our local famous "BEACH ROAD CHICKEN RESTAURANT".
15 members made it to our "President's Meeting" Wednesday June 20. One member (unnamed) showed up
, waited a half hour and then was told, "Studebaker Meeting ?, Oh' that was yesterday"
See, all those invitation e-mails and still one member went astray. O'well better luck next time.
President Joel Daniel opened the meeting with an update covering preparations completed for the State/Zone Meet in October. He assured us plans are "On Schedule" and that he alone is the "problem solver" should a problem arise. Then he ask for help and suggestions for operating the hospitality room and auction. He would appreciate any help and suggestions to make this event fun and entertaining for all.
After his plea for help he then called upon our Secretary, Herb Hilderbrand to give a status report on Trophy awards. Herb has done an outstanding job. All Trophies are done and even came in under projected cost. Herb brought samples of 1st Place, 2nd Place and Peoples Choice and passed them around the table for all to see and hold. They were accepted with applause. Our Dash Plaques are his next project and you can bet he will do and outstanding job on those too. "Thanks Herb"
Opps ! Time to order, enjoy a drink and then eat.
After devouring another meal of Jacksonville's famous Beach Road Chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, and rice with gravy (all you can eat) it was time for door prize drawings. Member Tom Spargo brought a special gift set of products by La Source for women consisting of Shampoo, Body lotion, Body wash & Conditioner and for the man an Avon bottle, 1951 Bulletnose Starlight Studebaker. Unfortunately, Tom had used all the cologne but the bottle makes a perfect dust collector on the mantel. "Thanks Tom"
First, recognition to those that drove a Studebaker/Avanti was given by holding a special drawing. The winner, Bob Browatzki with his '63 Lark, Daytona Convertible. Bob was to receive the undulating Solar Hula Girl for his dashboard but thought he might get in trouble driving or with Fran his wife so he chose the leaf waving Solar Sunflower instead. (Safe choice Bob). Other door prizes (LED Flashlights) were won by Cindy Hilderbrand and Ken Lawson. Trish Edwards was the lucky winner of Tom Spargo's donated gift set. Of course, Bob got the '51 Studebaker Avon bottle and President Joel Daniel won the "Hula Girl"
so watch out for that careening red Avanti.
Shortly after the drawings we retired to the parking lot to admire the Studebaker and Avanti lineup. Three or four patrons of Beach Road Chicken had phone cameras and were busy snapping photo's. Maybe we'll make the headlines somewhere.
The Meeting ajourned around 7 pm and all headed home. Thankfully, no rain.
A BIG THANK YOU
to those that attended this Meeting and especially to those that drove a Studebaker product even though there was a treat of heavy rain.
More pictures of Happy "Chicken" eaters next.
Those attending our special "Presidents Meeting" were: Carol & V.P.Ken Lawson,
Karel & President Joel Daniel
Shirley & Roy Hastings
Cindy & Herb Hilderbrand
Francis & Bob Browatzki
Trish & Bob Edwards
Violent storms on the horizon and predictions of heavy rain and possible golf ball size hail almost cancelled this annual event. The ACOF, organized and lead by Steve James decided to take a chance and drove their treasured Avanti's while only a few of the more delicate and less water repellent Studebakers ventured out. All in all, the plan went off without a drop of water dampening our roof tops or
putting out the charcoal fueled fires.
Usually, our Chef's are late and serving is an hour behind schedule. With storm warnings up we hurried and actually had the fires going, tables set, drinks-on-ice, and Burgers and Hot Dogs grilled and ready to eat at 12 Noon the scheduled time. WOW ! That's a first. I didn't mention the Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salads and more, prepared by our wives and dates, were outstanding as always. Desserts ! You should ask; Cookies, Grapes, Carrot Cake, Brownies and Pies. And, don't forget the Potato Chips, both BBQ and Garlic/Onion flavored. If I've forgotten anything I'll come back and add it later.
Before the DINNER BELL was rung a visit to the parking lot was in order. Let's see a few of the vintage cars that brought members.